February 14th, 2008
05:16 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton wins New Mexico Democratic caucuses

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton has won the February 5 Democratic presidential caucuses in New Mexico, the state party chairman announced Thursday after a count delayed by a large number of provisional ballots.

Clinton, the senator from New York and former first lady, edged out Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois by about 2,000 votes out of the nearly 150,000 cast, New Mexico Democratic Chairman Brian Colon announced nine days after the contest.

The final tally was given as 73,105, or about 49 percent, for Clinton and 71,396, or 48 percent, for Obama.

"With these two Democratic candidates, we had in New Mexico the largest voter turnout in decades," Colon said.

New Mexico is the last of two dozen states that held primaries or caucuses on "Super Tuesday" to complete its count. Colon said the results were delayed as election officials sorted through 17,000 provisional ballots cast during the contest to determine which ones were valid.

Provisional ballots were cast by people whose names did not appear on lists of eligible voters. More than 200 volunteers slogged through the stack of ballots, about half of which were eventually certified, Colon said.

(updated 6 p.m. ET with additional information)

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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Genevieve

    Why bother with reporting the news that Hillary won the small state in of all things an unimportant to her Caucus. Hasn't she made it crystal clear that she has no interest in Caucuses or the smaller populated states? Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that Senator Obama is thrilled with his 48% of support from the great people of New Mexico – I only wonder if she's snubbing her nose at her very narrow margin victory.
    I'm really sick of hearing her voice over the TV already. God I hope that I won't have to endure 4 years of that shrill.

    February 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Jeff

    I just want to join in the name-calling. Apparently its acceptable for people to make fun of Obama's name, so it should be ok to make fun of all other candidates in an immature, Coulter/Limbaugh-esque way:

    So here goes...Say No to....

    Smellary Rod-Ham Clinton and John "Insane" McCain

    Wow, I feel like a 3-year-old...and you name-calling idiots should too... Grow up, or please, don't vote.

    February 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. JANET

    What a small margin and not significant for delegates. Keep Hope alive Go OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Dave Ayers

    Caucuses are a Sham! I for one would not go to a person's home or Public Place and stand around for hours on end, listening to everyone Babel on and on just to have my Vote counted. I want to get in the Booth, make my choice and go home. Millions of Americans feel the same and they avoid going. So for the most part Caucuses are for those who are part of political Groups. They should do away with Caucus States and go to Primary Voting only!

    February 14, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. lisa

    so, if Obama had won New Mexico im sure all the Hillary haters would be on here complaining that she hasnt congratulated him yet.

    February 14, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. stuart in l.a.

    Keep yelling and screaming Dems- we are headed for another Kerry incident just like last time. The Repubs are sabotaging our primaries by crossing lines. They will cross back over in November because there ain't no way they will vote for one of the most liberal senators out there. (I did it myself for McCain years ago. Voted for him in the primaries to stop Bush, having no intention of staying with the Repub vote in the general election.) They don't want Hillary to run because they are afraid of her. She has repeatedly defeated them all! Let her teach Obama for the next 4 years, and then he can continue after he has her tenacity and strength. Hillary '08

    February 14, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. mac ibrahim

    To Lisa. Hillary was supposed to win New Mexico with a land slide victory. This didn’t happen because of the ignorant activists. I don’t understand what you wanted her to do? Did you want her not to win so that you don’t call her double faced politician? What a smart remark.

    February 14, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. nht

    Go Hillary!!

    One more delegate to the finish!!

    She has won almost all the states in the Southwest, only one more to go on March 4th!!!!!

    YES WE WILL, YES WE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. rusty

    You know what. This sure smells like New Hampshire, and Nevada to me. "There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear"

    February 14, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Deb

    This is absolutely hilarious! I do not believe for one second that New Mexico went to Clinton. This is the sort of thing I see coming from the Clintons. It is so obvious that the Clintons are set to steal this election. Yes, Hillary is that desperate! I watched her performance with the child with the giant Mexican hat last evening. It was obvious to me that it was all staged. I wonder what kind of promises she's making with those so called super delegates and I wonder if the super delegates are willing to lose their seats for the Clintons? Finally, how are we to perceive Clinton now that she wants to break party rules for Florida and Michigan? If that is not desperation, what is it? Could we call it stealing?
    Go Obama! Save us from these old Democrats. We Need Change Now!!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Birds

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!
    Pride goeth before a fall, and I predict that Obama is heading toward a fall.

    February 14, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. JustSayNobama

    Obama was supposed to fight for that bill. He did not, not after Exelon directly gave him campaign money. GAVE *HIM* money.

    February 14, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Libertad

    As the Clintons celebrate this delayed victory, their hypocrisy is revealed once again.

    I'd wager that if New Mexicans were to hold their vote again today, Obama would win by a significant margin. The tide has turned across the nation as these last 8 contests have shown us.

    February 14, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Kyle


    To say she has to apologize is illogical and stupid...but then again, you support Obama. It all makes sense in the end.

    February 14, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Mary

    News Flash!!!!Check out a recent bill named the Obama Bill over 8 Billion Dollars to help other countries starving people. What about the United States. That will get some new tax revenue out the american dollar. Obama what are you thinking?

    February 14, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Jewel P.

    Good luck to the both of them. ( Huge OBAMA Supporter!!!) Catch him if u can, Lady Clinton!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. Sue

    While New Mexico is considered a caucus state, it is not run like the other caucuses. It is more like a primary where people are permitted to vote in private. There are fewer polling places than regular primaries and the voting is done in smaller time periods but it is nothing like the circus atmosphere that exists in a regular caucus. There were also a lot more people voting in New Mexico than are able to vote in the other caucuses. Do you people really think that 405 votes in Alaska represents all the Democrats in the entire state? Most causes only represent 1% – 3% of registered voters, some even less than that. There is nothing democratic or representative about it. You Obama people are only kidding yourselves.

    February 14, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Julius

    It should be embarasing to the Clintons for wining a caucus. "Caucuses are for artivists." she said. She forgot the happy face she put after wining Laveda caucuses even though he won her on delegates. It is a shame that she cannot even recognized those who voted for her in MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. These were PRIMARIES and not CAUCUSES which he won big.

    They will do anything to win. After losing in these three primaries, she gave excuses and failed to recognized the population that voted for her.

    Obama shall win ohio, texas, wisconsin and hawai BIG.


    February 14, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. yappy

    I can't stand HER.. if she wins i am voting green. I am not into 2 faced, coniving people. YUCK. Plus, her health care is being paid for by US.. out of your pay checks. jesus..... pay attention people.

    February 14, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. Sara MA

    This is great news. Hopefully the New Mexico votes for action over words will remind the country that we are choosing a president- a job that requires so much more than great rhetoric.

    Go Hillary!

    February 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  21. Reality Check

    stuart in l.a., is a joke. If anything they would much rather face Hillary. Half the country hates her, and Obama polls much higher than her against McCain. If anything, we don't need another president which half the country hates. Obama!!! YES WE CAN!

    February 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  22. deanne

    Oh, and to you who say you will support whoever is the nominee, hmmm....I will write myself in for the job before I vote for someone without any experience.

    February 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Magister

    New Mexico was a caucus in name only. I believe it had something to do with a legal requirement because the primary has historically been much later and four years ago, the Dems decided to vote early. Nonetheless, if you voted in the New Mexico "caucus", you went to a polling place and everything was done the same as it is in a normal primary. IOW: There weren't a lot of people standing around expressing their opinions and though it was called one thing for all intents and purposes, it was actually another.

    February 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. KPO'M

    R in San Fran, Obama won Maine by a LOT more than 300 votes. Maine, like true caucus states, reports results based on the number of delegates won to the state or county conventions. New Mexico was more of a "short primary" than a true caucus, and was run by the Democratic party rather than by the state government. Also, remember, this happened 9 days ago. Obama still has his 8 contest streak going. If the New Mexico Democratic party had their act together, this result would have been known on that day, or at least by the 6th.

    February 14, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  25. kishor

    It may not be any worthy after all last eight state's results. Hillary has shown her edge over Obama in important states like Florida, California, and possibly Ohio. But Obama looks like a nominee of democrat. In any case, republican should be very happy now.

    February 14, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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